Absecon Presbyterian Church

Good News

September 2011

The Presbyterian Church at Absecon

208 New Jersey Avenue

Absecon, New Jersey 08201

Phone: 609-641-3759 Fax: 609-641-5125

Office email: absecon_presby@msn.com—Website: abseconpresby.org


Sunday Schedule to See Everything Move 30 Minutes Earlier

Our regular schedule will begin on the tenth anniversary of America’s worst terrorist attack – Sept. 11.  On that day we will celebrate Rally Day and open the Sunday School.  Fourth grade kids will get Bibles and children will leave with their teachers.

The morning will begin 30 minutes earlier than where we left off in June, so please take note of this time schedule approved by session in July:
8:15 – Breakfast is served
9:00 – Early Worship
10:00 – Refreshments
10:30 – Later Worship

Sunday brunch will be served on the third Sunday of each month for $5.00/adults, $2.00/children.  The second service will start at 10:45 on Brunch Sundays.  See you there!


Christian Education Committee

Yes, it is that time of year again... it is still warm and sunny and the leaves aren't down yet, but school is starting back up and so are all of our Christian Education programs.  The Youth Groups have lots of great activities in the works, and we are especially excited to welcome Linda Gillis as the new A2J Junior High Youth Group leader.  Keep checking the announcements for more news about upcoming events.

This is also a good time to acknowledge all of the people who make these programs happen.  There are many, many people who help in different ways... from leaders and teachers to parents, aides, and sponsors, Christian Education is a team effort that could not be successful without the contributions (of time, talents and treasure) of so many members of our congregation.  Thanks to all of you for your efforts and your support!

Christian Education Committee members... be on the lookout for an email to schedule our next meeting.

Yours in Christ,
Scott Sabo
Christian Education Chair

Sunday School to Kick Off with Rally Day September 11, 2011

Wake up a half hour earlier this fall! Sunday School classes will take place from 9:00-10:00 am. On Rally Day everyone should arrive by 8:45 am in the vestibule.  All teachers, aides, and kids will get organized by their class sign and prepare to march into the sanctuary. We’ll be speaking from Matthew 18:21-35, loudly, to kick off our theme, announce our presence, and glorify God. We’ll also be presenting Bibles to our 4th graders.

Our program continues to receive strong backing from the congregation. We offer a nursery room for our littlest ones. Then we have classes for PreK-K, gr 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, and 9-12. We also offer an adult class that meets in the lounge.  Teachers and aides are ready to teach, assist, and lead the Sunday School program and special events held throughout the year. Several new teachers and aides have stepped forward to lead so we should have a nice blend of the old and the new. Sponsors have stepped forward to give their spiritual and financial support to the Sunday School. All these individuals have been extremely generous, and as a church and Sunday School we are blessed by their donation of time, talent, and treasure. All class sizes are looking strong. We will have 10 teens in our high school class and we can expect God to work in great ways with the energy level in this room.

Our program structure remains the same and we will continue to use the Seasons of the Spirit curriculum which follows the common lectionary.  We will sorely miss the presence of our beloved Tom Sooy, his Jr. Sermons, choir chimes, and the calls to worship presented by his piano students. Scott Sabo has graciously stepped forward to take on the task of delivering the Jr. Sermons this year. All Sunday School classes (except PreK-K) will start each week in the sanctuary and will remain there until after the Jr. Sermon. Following that, all teachers, aides, and kids head to their classes.  Grades 1-6 will attend a closing ceremony in the Game Room from 9:50-10:00 for puppet shows led by our 5th and 6th graders and songs accompanied by guitar, keyboard, and drums.  Our PreK-K class begins their lesson each week with a music and puppetry program. We will continue to work at memorizing scripture verses throughout the year.

There is plenty for all to do! We are planning on having three Family Worship Sundays, three Mission Projects, a Halloween party, a Christmas play, a Birthday Party for Jesus, a Christmas pageant, an Easter play, Youth Recognition Day, Teacher Recognition Day, Graduate Sunday, Field Day, and a canoe trip. There will be lots of Calls to Worship as each class is scheduled to appear at least two times during the year.  We hope to be presenting special music with Rob Perry from time to time and enjoying our liturgical dancers with Jennifer Thomas. Our PreK-K class will continue to have a music and puppetry program as well. We’re going to have a lot of fun while working together in Christian ministry. We encourage as many adults to get involved as possible and always for kids to bring their friends.

On top of all that, our youth groups are starting up as well and offer many opportunities to grow in faith and work together in mission. Lions and Lambs (a K-5 program run by Priscilla and participating parents) and A2J (a grade 5-8 program run by Linda Gillis and Jim McManus) will both begin their year on September 18th which happens to be the 3rd Sunday of the month. This year that has big meaning! Brunch will be served between the two services on the 3rd Sunday of the month. So on the 3rd Sunday of each month, Lions and Lambs will meet at the end of brunch and be done at 11:45 or whenever church gets out. A2J will meet each week from 10:30-12:30 but may have a later starting time (10:45) on the 3rd Sunday of the month. The Senior Youth Group (grades 8-12) has typically met on Monday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm. This group will decide if Monday night continues to be the best meeting night for most.  (See the Senior Youth article.)

At the end of the year we have Youth Recognition Sunday where we present awards for several things. We look for excellent attendance and have four levels of awards: Bronze (15+), Silver (20+), Gold (25+), and Kryptonite (30+). If kids are out of town but attend church elsewhere, please bring a bulletin back from that service to be acknowledged and receive credit. We also offer a leadership award for kids who serve as acolytes, attend youth groups, participate in drama productions, and serve in mission work. Finally we present our evangelist awards to kids and adults who bring friends regularly to the church. Many wonderful people have become part of our church family from a friend’s invitation. It’s exciting to watch how we grow in these three areas.           

We never turn away helping hands in the Sunday School. If you can think of a way to contribute, we’ll find a way to make that happen. Classes take place from 9:00-10:00 am. Adults can contribute as teachers, aides, music leaders, puppeteers, mission project workers, or anything you can think of.  If you would like to attend or lead programming in the Adult Sunday School Class please let me know.  We are tossing around the idea of offering “The Purpose Driven Life” as one such course. The adult forum is quite open and could offer many valuable programs to adults. Teachers, aides, and adults who participated in the Sunday School program are encouraged to attend the 10:30 worship service whenever possible.

This year will be another exciting year as we work together side by side in Christian ministry. Let us bring God’s love with us in all that we do.

In Christ’s love always,

Lions and Lambs Set for New Year

Lions and Lambs is a youth group for our youngest school age members from K-Gr 4. We do accept younger brothers and sisters in preschool if parents are on hand. We will meet on the 3rd Sunday of each month and begin by sharing the brunch together which takes place from 10:00-10:45.

Our first meeting will take place on September 18th from 10:45-11:45 or whenever the second service gets out. We begin by gathering in the game room behind the kitchen. We always have a lot of fun. We play games, make crafts, and have neat activities that include hayrides, pumpkin picking, bowling for mission, dying Easter eggs, making tie-die T-shirts and other such things. Parents take turns at leadership and help each other with the programming. Last year it was common to have about 14 kids from the Sunday School stay for Lions and Lambs along with 6 or so parents lending helping hands. I hope you’ll bring your new kindergarteners out to join our regulars for a terrific time. Here we take beginning steps in our knowledge of God and Jesus and continue to grow in our spirituality through the elementary years.

I look forward to seeing you on September 18th.

Love, Priscilla

A2J Youth Group Ready for Fall

A2J is the youth group for our middle school age members from Gr 5-8. We meet every Sunday from 10:30-12:30 pm. On the third Sunday of each month we will meet as a group at the end of the brunch. We will be using a new Logos program and look forward to the leadership of Linda Gillis and Jim McManus.

Our first meeting will take place on September 18th from 10:45-12:30. We will meet in the Grade 7-8 classroom. We’ll be having fun while learning how to be good servants. We’ll be doing lots of neat mission projects and take fun trips.  Come join us and become a member of this exciting group. If you have any questions, contact Linda Gillis at 573-5279 or Jim McManus at 272-0399.

Senior Youth Group

Over the summer Jack and Kendal took the youth group to the cabin for a weekend of tubing on the lake, and we had a pool party at my house.  The garden yielded a few green peppers and tomatoes. 

Our meetings will begin on the 12th of September (Monday after Labor Day).  I would like to ask that ALL the parents stay for the first 10-15 minutes to go over just a few things.  Thank you!!

We have a lot of teens in this group this year.  It’s going to be a great!!!
Looking forward to seeing you in September!!!!!

Karen Muldoon, Co-Director

Weeknight Bible Study –

We will resume our Weeknight Bible Study on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm in Cobb Lounge, starting on Wednesday September 14th.  All are invited to participate in this "prayer and share" group for fellowship and learning.  There are no prerequisites and there is no homework.  Childcare is provided.  Hope to see you there!

New Membership Classes begin September 18

Joining church is time to learn, make some new friends, and to feel truly a part of our church.  Some say it was one of life’s most meaningful experiences.

There will be three Sunday afternoon classes in our newly renovated lounge at 4:00 p.m.  We will deal with Christian Faith, Church History, Presbyterian Distinctives, and the programs of our own church.  You will meet with the session (elders) on October 4 and be received as a member.  Come join us!

News from the Christian Readers’ Book Club by Lucy Jerue

Our next book promises to provoke a lively discussion.  It is The Help by Kathryn Stockett.  This book has been on many bestsellers lists for two full years and is now a major motion picture. 

The novel is told from the point of view of three narrators:  Aibileen Clark, a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children, and who has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson, an African-American maid whose back-talk towards her employers results in her having to frequently change jobs, exacerbating her desperate need for work as well as her family's struggle with money; and Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan, a young white woman and recent college graduate who, after moving back home, discovers that a maid that helped raise her since childhood has abruptly disappeared and her attempts to find her have come to naught. The stories of the three women intertwine to explain how life in Jackson, Mississippi revolves around "the help", with complex relations of power, money, emotion, and intimacy tying together the white and black families of Jackson.

Please join us for this discussion of The Help at our next meeting on Wed., Sept.  21st, at 7pm in Cobb Lounge.    New members are always welcome. 

Pastors Cobb & Reedell Begin Sunday Night Course September 25

Pastors Cobb and Reedell will begin a new course entitled “Why?” on September 25 at 6:30 in the newly renovated Cobb Lounge.  The course will cost $5, $15 if you want the book.

Call the office or see the pastors to sign up.

This is a great opportunity to grow in your theological understanding of our world.

Women’s Circles

We are halfway through our study of the Old Testament book of Esther. Chapter 6 is the dramatic turning point in the story. It marks the beginning of the end of the arrogant Haman as Mordecai finally receives the reward from the king that has been long overdue.

Now that the summer is over we can all look forward to meeting together again. The Ruth Circle will meet at 1:00 p.m. Friday, September 2nd, at the home of Essie Newell (20 Wordsworth Street, Smithville). The Sarah Circle will meet in Cobb Lounge at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 7th. The Martha Circle will meet at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, September 8th, at the home of Carol Thomas. All women of the church are encouraged to join us at the circle that best meets your time schedule for study and fellowship.

Men’s Fellowship to Meet September 10 at 8:30 a.m.

The Doug Jablonski Men’s Fellowship will have their first breakfast and meeting for the fall on September 10.  We will have breakfast and fellowship and discuss plans for the fall.  Breakfast will be eggs.

Men, we did great with the special music on August 14!


Worship Committee

We have not yet found our Director of Music Ministry, however we have had some pretty impressive resumes come in.  Dot Ryan has agreed to stay on longer.

We have been blessed with some amazing talent over the summer: Bruce & Sherry Townsend, Seasoned Singers, The Holland Family, God Is Faithful, the Men’s Club and Vic Werner. Thank you all.

We were also blessed with wonderful Preachers/Speakers when Pastor Cobb was away.  Thank you to Henk Vigeveno, Season Singers, Gerry Reedell, Covenant Players, and Ellie Coward. 

September brings more talent starting with Gay Channell singing on the 4th, Rick Dekarski, organist, on the 11th, Sharon Neff will be singing on the 18th, and the Holland Family will return on the 25th.

******* Don’t forget September 11th starts our new worship hours. *******

Thank you to everyone who helped organize this summer’s talents!!!!  I will keep everyone informed on our search for a Director of Music Ministry.  If you have any leads or suggestions please call me or anyone on the committee.

Thank you and have a Blessed month,
Karen Muldoon

Contemporary Worship Committee –

The CW Committee will meet again to resume our efforts after the Director of Music Ministry position has been filled.  Music will be a large part of this program and we will need to work closely with the new Music Director.  Watch your email for an announcement to schedule the next meeting.

Scott Sabo
Contemporary Worship Committee Chair

Overhead Screen to be Installed in Sanctuary

Our church will soon have an electrically operated overhead screen.  There will be a hand held remote to raise and lower it.  There will also be a PowerPoint projector suspended from the ceiling.  The screen will be lowered at certain points in the service as needed.


Mission/Evangelism Update

Our mission trip to the John Wesley Methodist Church in Port Norris during July has been postponed due to extreme heat. During the couple of days we were there a storage shed had been erected behind the church.  Some yard work had been done for an older member of the congregation. About a dozen windows were scrapped and glazed. Some of the windows had glass panels and the window trim replaced. A sign in the front yard of the church was damaged and it has been realigned.

We will be going back to Port Norris to finish our work on Friday, September 9th and Saturday, September 10th. During these two days we will paint the window trim, clean the windows and put the storm sash back in. A sign up sheet is in the vestibule.

Our church t-shirts are still available and can be purchased after the first service in Madden Hall. If we do not have your size let us know and we will work on another order.

A sum of $2,195 has been donated for a mission trip in the memory of Warren Smith. He shall be missed.

Thank you for your continued support.

God Bless,
Russ Adkisson Jr., Chair


What do you think of when you hear the word “Pioneer” - Daniel Boone? The Wild West? Little House on the Prairie? Am I dating myself a bit? In the book of Hebrews Jesus is referred to as our captain and the author of our faith. The Greek word there can also be translated as pioneer - Jesus takes the lead, He is the first. 

When we follow Jesus, He sometimes asks us to step out, take the lead, be the first one to do something. Over the years I have been challenged to do that in many areas. Be a pioneer for our mission into Russia, Central Asia, the Balkans. The life of a pioneer is not always as glamorous and adventurous as the movies and TV like to portray. What’s really hard is often, just when something looks like it is getting started, the pioneer is called to move on and go into yet another new area.

I have to admit, I love pioneering. Even with all of its challenges and pitfalls, I love going into new areas myself or encouraging others to go, start, explore. There are so many places, people, schools, areas of influence that we as the body of Christ can influence and impact for the kingdom of God. 

Pioneering in Moldova - I wrote about Moldova in a previous Good News. It is a country just waiting for people to come and invest in, to help them start over, to pioneer new ministries and initiatives. What a privilege to have eyes to see the potential in this country, to see as a pioneer sees. 

Teaching on Pioneering - Several years ago I developed a teaching from the book of Nehemiah on Pioneering. I had the privilege this summer of teaching for a week to a group of our Caribbean leaders. Young leaders with lots of vision, who needed to know that God is faithful when He calls us to step out in new areas. God also has laid down some very concrete principles in how to start a new ministry. The first few chapters of Nehemiah are full of practical things Nehemiah did as he returned to re-build the wall of Jerusalem. 

Pioneering New Schools - Though YWAM is currently running 550 Discipleship Training Schools in over 90 languages, there are still many people in the world that do not have a discipleship school available in their country or in their language. I am excited to be walking along side a group that will be pioneering a school into one of the Central Asian nations. Thanks to technology, I can be in touch with them on a regular basis via computer conferencing and will be going to them next year to help with staff training. 

So, as you can tell, Pioneering is definitely something that is on my heart and seems to be one of the areas that God has called me to throughout my life. Thank you for standing with me as I pioneer, teach on pioneering and encourage others in the pioneering process! Maybe I should buy me a ‘coon skin hat! (synthetically-speaking of course!)

Lisa Whitaker (Youth With A Mission)

CROP Walk to be Held Mid October

The annual CROP Walk for hunger will be held in mid October, probably the 16th.  We will walk around Heritage Park and through part of Absecon.  We need walkers!

More info will follow as we get it.

News from the Deacons
Our AED (Automated External Defibrillator) is up and running. A “heart” felt thank you to Jim Maurer for covering the rest of the cost of this device. The AED is located in the hallway across from the Sanctuary. We will be showing the training video (in Cobb’s Lounge) on how to use the AED on September 18 between services and on September 25 between services (Kris Jenoriki and Naida Burgess will be available to answer questions). Other times will be available. This is not a CPR class, just an informational video.
A very special thank you to each and everyone who helped with Tom Sooy’s memorial service, from coming in early, setting up, baking, serving, giving hugs, cleaning up, staying late and just being there, thank you, thank you. We all worked together as a perfect team!

Looking ahead, our next Deacons meeting will be October 22 at 10:00 am.

In Christian Service and Love,
Naida Burgess, Moderator
Carol Thomas, Vice Moderator

A link to the form for College Care Boxes can be found on the front page of our website.


           Stewardship Committee Report

            As we enter the final months of 2011, we have some good news as well as bad news to report regarding financial stewardship.  First the Good News.  As of the end of July, your giving this year to the General Fund totaled $99,971.06.  Last year at this time your giving totaled $91,427.58.  This is an increase of $8543.48!  While some of this increase is due to the exceptional number of gifts we received in memory of church members who died, you are still to be congratulated for your extraordinary devotion to the financial needs of our church.
            A second area of Good News is the increase in the amount received from the McMullin Fund. We received $7804.95 more this year than last.
            These two areas of increases will help mitigate the drain on our finances caused by the unrented Stopfer Building.  Unless a new tenant is found, this building will remain unrented for the entire year.  We will not realize the rental income we had last year ($24,000) and will have capital improvement and maintenance expenses exceeding $10,000.
            Recognizing this loss of rental income, the Stewardship Committee voted to reclaim the $3348.00 in the “Projected Positions” line item in the budget.  It will be needed to fund other parts of the budget.
            As you see below, as of the end of July we are under budget by $19,923.83. Last year at this time we were under budget by $11,725.45. Thus the deficit is $8,198.38 greater this year.

Statistical report for June

Budget for 2011                                                                     $222,419.00

Budgetary needs through June 26, 2011                                $111,228.00

Our giving through 6/26/11                                                    $  85,589.10
Investment Income                                                                 $    8,833.23
Rental Income (net)                                                                $    1,295.45
            Total                                                                            $  95,717.78

Amount under budget                                                                        $  15,510.22

Statistical report for July

Budget for 2011                                                                     $222,419.00

Budgetary needs through July 31, 2011                                 $132,618.00

Our giving through 7/31/11                                                    $  99,971.06
Investment Income                                                                 $  12,032.88
Rental Income (net)                                                                $       690.23
            Total                                                                            $112,694.17

Amount under budget                                                                        $  19,923.83

Average weekly giving by month

                                         2011                                                    2010
January                        $3665.34                                             $3261.49
February                      $3126.90                                             $3059.14
March                          $3391.40                                             $3166.79
April                            $3545.45                                             $3069.19
May                             $2760.05                                             $2779.57
June                             $3301.79                                             $3208.85
July                              $2876.39                                             $2801.60

Gerald W. Hoenes
Stewardship Committee Chairperson


FUNdraiser Committee

Summer is flying by so fast, but in the last couple months we have accomplished so much.  Our first meeting was on June 30th where we brainstormed and came up with some FUN ideas.  We met again on August 1st to move ahead on our planning. 

Our first FUNdraiser is a church cookbook.  The recipes are coming in but we still need more.  Please submit your entries to either Dawn Duran at leobeauty74@verizon.net or Nancy Conover at Nconover@shoreagency.com.  You may also hand deliver them to either Nancy or myself when you see us.  We are also conducting a contest for the kids to design the best cover, please encourage your kids to enter.  The deadline for all entries is October 15th; however, the earlier you get them to us the easier it will be for us to compile the cookbook and get it ready publishing.  Thank you to all those who have submitted recipes already, they all sound scrumptious.

Our upcoming FUNdraisers include a bus trip, bowling, zumba, and a golf tournament.  We will keep you informed about the details as more events become finalized. 

Please support these FUNdraisers; the proceeds benefit the General Fund.

Our next meeting is planning for September 1st at 6:30PM.

In Christian Love and Fellowship,
Dawn Duran, Chair


Summer Thank Yous

While many of us had a summer free from church responsibilities, others put in many hours of service above and beyond the call of duty.  We need to recognize the following:

  1. Jan Jorgensen for many hours in the Stopfer building and for doing many jobs around the church.  Our buildings are in good shape.
  2. Elaine Risley for stopping at the church to water flowers, straighten up, and leave notes for those who “mess up”.  Your smiley/frowny faces are well known.
  3. Melvin Washington for orchestrating the de-molding of the Stopfer building.  The ceiling was sheet rocked, painted, and treated for mold.  The mold test was passed in August.
  4. Melvin, Jan Jorgensen, Woody Duncan, John Channell, Jack Cobb, and the pastor for putting back the insulation and reassembling the ceiling in the Stopfer building.  It took all day.
  5. Leo Ransone, Dawn Duran, Jean Delesantro, Olga Davies, and many others who helped with the pastor’s picnics.
  6. Jack Cobb who put up his bouncy house/water slide about ten times.  You made the summer great, Jack.
  7. All those who went to Port Norris on our mission trip.  It was hot! (We hope to finish what we started Sept. 9-10.)
  8. Priscilla for organizing the youth trip to the cabin.  It was a full house, but we did well.
  9. The Men’s Fellowship for bringing special music on August 14.  It sounded great, guys!
  10. Samantha Adams for filling in for Carol Thomas by addressing Home Touch and postcard mailings.  She also did weeding and cleaning.  You’re great!
  11. Priscilla, Betsy Eberhard and Carol Kleiner for weeding the flower beds and playground area.  Looks good!
  12. Bill Miller for fixing the outside lighting after some minor storm damage.


Stopfer Building gets Face Lift

The Stopfer building had significant work done over the last six months.  The following was accomplished:

  1. A contractor sealed the roof and added a four inch drain to the roof.  This drain has been working well.
  2. The ceiling was cleaned and covered with sheet rock to keep any existing mold sealed away from the working space.
  3. The floor was flash patched.
  4. The building was painted.
  5. Carpet was purchased but still needs to be installed.

Unfortunately, on August 8 Rachael of Rachael’s Kids pulled out of the agreement to lease the building.  We are currently looking for someone to rent this newly renovated area.


Welcome Back

I hope everyone enjoyed the dinner/boat cruise.  It was certainly a cool way to end a hot summer.  Thank you so very much to Gayle Ackerman who organized this fun-filled event.

This year the Agape Lunch will be replaced by an Agape Brunch.  The brunch will be the third Sunday of each month and will take place between the 1st and 2nd services.  The menu will vary with hot and cold items.  Suggestions are always welcomed.

The Yard Sale is back this year.  It will be held September 17 in conjunction with Absecon’s Downtown Fair.  It will take place from 8 am to 2 pm in the church parking lot on New Jersey Avenue.  The cost for renting a table will be $10.00.  Refreshments will be available for purchase.  Please see Priscilla if you wish to rent a table.

Our fall schedule is always filled with many activities, so please make sure to check the Good News and Sunday bulletin.

Let’s have a great year!

Tina Brown

Brunch Schedule to Begin September 18 ($5/adults, $2/children)

Starting on September 18 our church will offer a monthly (3rd Sunday) brunch in Madden Hall between services.  Breakfast will not be offered on Brunch Sundays.  There is no obligation to buy, and if you just want coffee, help yourself, but please come.

The menu for the brunch will vary.  We have purchased a burner for making omelet’s, and a waffle maker.  Other items and various meats will be available.  There will always be fresh fruit, sticky buns, breakfast potatoes, and some sweet rolls.  Beverages will be the same as usual.  Sweet and savory tarts, quiche, breakfast sandwiches, etc. will be available on occasion.

If you want to help or have any ideas, call the pastor.


Lunch Bunch to Pirate’s Den September 7

Lunch Bunch will meet at the church at 11:30 on September 7 to travel to the Pirate’s Den Restaurant in Brigantine.  We will meet at the restaurant at noon.

Evergreens Wednesday, September 28, 12 Noon

At this meeting we will have Rev. Gerry Reedell speaking to us about a well know sculptress, Isabel Bloom, who studied under American master painter, Grant Wood.  We will be looking forward to a most interesting subject.

We invite you to join us; bring a friend and a sandwich.  Dessert and a beverage will be served.

Praise for Him!
Joanna Howell


We are dedicating our Fall/Pre Christmas Congregational Event to Tom and Nancy Sooy for they truly were instrumental in encouraging Joanie to arrange Dean Shostak’s appearance in our Historic Sanctuary!

Dean started playing music in Colonial Williamsburg in 1979 as a young violinist in the Music Teacher’s Shop.  Being surrounded by antique instruments influenced him to pursue the harpsichord, hurdy-gurdy and finally – Benjamin Franklin’s Glass Armonica.  Today, Dean devotes his time to his very popular Williamsburg performances, composing, touring throughout the USA and appearing on film and TV.

He has been a guest on NPR’s All Things Considered, The Joy of Music, Home and Garden, The Discovery Channel, Weather Channel, AND Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood!  Dean and his very busy wife, Valerie, have 3 lovely daughters, Abby and twins Patricia and Josephine!

The “37 bowl” glass armonica is an exact replica of B. Franklin’s and is one of a very few in existence.  To our knowledge, we are possibly the only church in NJ where it has been brought and played in concert.  How very blessed we are – indeed.

The Fellowship Committee decided to charge $15 for the dinner and concert thus eliminating the Love Offering.  (Cost for children 12 & under remains at $5.)

Any questions, call Tina Brown (992-5968) or Joanie Hoenes (641-1839).


Tom Sooy’s Funeral Held July 9

Our beloved organist, Tom Sooy, died suddenly on July 6.  While his passing was nearly two months ago, we still feel his absence keenly.  Tom added personality and joy to our service as well as music.  The church was packed for a service led by our parish associate, Rev. Gerry Reedell.  Special music was by Rich Garrick on trumpet, and many spoke in remembrance.  Tom, you left us way too soon.

Our prayers are still with Nancy and the family and for our church.  We will never be the same.

“Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from henceforth, that they may rest from their labors, and their works do follow them.” ~ Revelation 14:13

Michael Channell to Wed Amanda Cochran on September 17

Our own Mike Channell, son of Gay and John Channell, will get married on the beach in Ocean City by our pastor.  A reception in the Clarion will follow.

Our congratulations are with the happy couple and Gay & John.  Michael and Amanda live in Red Rock, Arizona where they will return after their honeymoon.

Gay will be taking vacation time the week before the wedding, September 12-16.  There is a lot to prepare.

New Jersey Avenue Improvements Benefit Our Church

While many in the town question why so much money was spent on the New Jersey Avenue upgrade the benefits for our church are clear:

  1. Parking – The “knockouts” where the benches are were designed to keep traffic to the White Horse Pike side of the road and to make parking easier and safer on the church side.  Parking is now posted “Two Hour Parking” which should fit most church going schedules well.
  2. Lighting – The project put five decorative lights along our church’s property.  It is now lit up well all the way to Wyoming Avenue.
  3. Appearance – The brick pattern along the sidewalk is a good match for our brick pattern sidewalk.  Our quasi-colonial appearance is enhanced.  It looks more distinguished.
  4. Drainage – The road should not flood.
  5. Appointments – Benches, tables, trash cans, cross walks, signage, etc. are all a plus for us.  Our cemetery area looks better because of it.

Thanks Church Family

Thank you, deacons, and to my church family for your support during my recent surgery and recovery. Your prayers, visitations, cards and well wishes were a source of comfort and strength.
Louise Speitel

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Thank you to the prayer shawl ministry for the very lovely prayer shawl. This has been and will always be a source of strength, a reminder that I have a very caring church family. Your handiwork, kindness and prayers will be remembered each time I wear this beautiful shawl.
Louise Speitel

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I want to thank those who sent me cards and prayed for me during the last eight weeks while I was going through severe back and leg pain.  I have had a series of two epidurals in my lower back and I seem to be doing a lot better.  I appreciated your concern.

Jack Heil

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Dear Friends,  

All of us who have been around for a few years know that love is a many-splendored thing that can take the form of phone calls, cards, visits and prayers.  This is the 4th "bump in the road" that this congregation has seen me through.   Never underestimate the power of prayer. 

Thank you again so very much.  
Paul Hamer

         Laura May St John
         17 E Ridgewood Ave
         Galloway, NJ 08205

Lucy & Bob Jerue
563 Yarmouth Court
Galloway, NJ 08205

Eddie Haldeman
(same address)

Ken & Theresa McElwee Jr
Madison, Rylee
2124 S. Bent Lane
Aston, PA 19014

Muriel Grace
136 Broad Oak Lane
Lexington, SC 29072

Anyone looking for an electric recliner/seat-lift chair?  There is one for sale in Linwood, a beautiful dark rose-light burgundy velour chair, less than one year old and seldom used, excellent condition, under $400.  For more info call Maryann at 289-2918 or Marjorie Hamer at 646-3152.

Come to a special service for “A South Jersey 10th Anniversary Commemoration of 9-11” on Sunday, September 11, 3-4:30 p.m.  Free admission, Beth El Synagogue, 501 N. Jerome Ave., Margate.

The event is sponsored by BRIDGE OF FAITH, an interfaith Fellowship of Christians, Jews and Muslims and over 50 church and community organizations.

Questions? Arlene Groch (aggroch@mac.com) / Gail Zona – 641-1986 or gzona1@comcast.net

Area choirs will lead us in song as we speak out against violence, prejudice and discrimination.

Doors open at 2:30 p.m.  Off site parking and shuttle buses are available.  Come and bring others, too!

Our 2011 flower calendar is hanging in the vestibule.  If you would like to purchase altar flowers for any particular Sunday of the year please sign up to reserve your date!  The cost for a single urn is $25.00 or $40.00 or two for $40.  Order forms are available in an envelope next to the chart to be filled in and returned to the church office with your payment.  This will help the secretary know what you would like printed in the Sunday bulletin.

Do we have your email address?  If not, email the church office (absecon_presby@msn.com) and ask to be added to our list of contacts to get weekly updates, announcements and information. 

Remember, Deadlines are Important!
“Good Morning” (Sunday bulletin announcements) – Noon Thursday
“The Presby Post” (Friday email) – Noon Thursday
“Good News” (Monthly newsletter) – 20th of the month
Articles are to be in writing and submitted to the office (email preferred) by that day.  Please keep in mind it may be necessary to edit due to space limitations.


4   10:00 Dawn Duran
11   9:00 Debbie & Don Wong
     10:30 Joanna Howell
18   9:00 Dawn Lewis
     10:30 Jean Delesantro
25   9:00 Roy Birkbeck
     10:30 Olga Davies


4   10:00 Tina Brown
11   9:00 Karen Muldoon
     10:30 Bob Hunter
18   9:00 Scott Sabo
     10:30 Jerry Hoenes
25   9:00 Scott Sabo
     10:30 Karen Muldoon


4   10:00 Carol & Jan Jorgensen
11   9:00
     10:30 Shirley Smith, Denise Ott
18   9:00 Elaine Risley, Joanna Howell
25   9:00 Bob Wilkenloh, Eric Newell
     10:30 Mary Bew, Betty Lloyd


4   10:00
11   9:00
     10:30 Jean Delesantro
18   9:00 Bill & Ginny Davenport
     10:30 Bob & Irene Hunter
25   9:00
     10:30 Joan Pattky, Don Mills


4   10:00 Jo-ann Weller
11   9:00 Pat Hudak
     10:30 Mary Bew
18   9:00 Kris Jenoriki
     10:30 Mary Bew
25   9:00 Naida Burgess
     10:30 Mary Bew

40 Minute Club

4   K-3 Dawn Duran, Terri & Daisy
     4-7 Dawn Lewis, Kendal Cobb

ACOLYTE (9:00)

NURSERY (9:00)

4   Gloria Achamizo (10:00)
11 Alice Malfi  
18 Fran Tanner
25 Jennifer Platt


4   John Channell
11 Barbara Hughes
18 John Harvey
25 Vic Abelson




4   Set-up – Edith Budd
     Cook – John Harvey
     Clean-up – Joe Marshall
11 Set-up – Bob Wilkenloh
     Cook – John Channell
     Clean-up – Bill & Ginny Davenport
18 Continental Breakfast
25 Set-up – Roger & Jinny Wolcott
     Cook – Ed Little
     Clean-up – Olga Davies & Jean Delesantro

 New Light: A Time of Change

“For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light— for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, ‘Sleeper, awake! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.’” ~ Ephesians 5:8, 14

The parking lot seemed unusually bright the night I returned from vacation.  I checked to see what was going on and was pleasantly surprised to see the new street lights installed during the New Jersey Avenue renovations were working and shining brightly.

Actually, there was too much light.  The lighting we had installed twenty years ago on the telephone pole in front of the church was still working right on top of the new light.  I had always liked that street light over our parking lot, but now it seemed so redundant.  It appeared dated and out of place.  The new lighting was coordinated with the surrounding architecture.  It really looked good.

I hate to say it but I guess it’s time to take down the old light.  I would never have voted to replace it, but clearly something better has come along.

That is true of a lot of things in our church.  Our old worship times of 9:30 and 11:00 seemed set in stone, but other churches have found that changing to an earlier hour is more attractive to a busy population.  We are also having an overhead screen installed.  We will soon have our announcements, readings, music, etc. projected where everyone can see it.  We may have thought hymn books and bulletin readings were here forever, but it appears that something better has come along.

Our new brunch is perhaps the biggest “new light” of all.  We have served breakfast for over 20 years, but starting on September 18 we will serve a monthly brunch between services instead.  This is an opportunity for both the early worship group and the later group to interface in Madden Hall around omelets, fresh fruit, Danish, waffles, hash browns, and a variety of proven brunch favorites.  The thing people like best about summer services is we are all together as one congregation.  This monthly brunch will be our monthly congregational get together.  See your friends, chill out, get what you want to eat.  We are a social congregation, and we love to eat.  We believe the “new light” of a brunch will make us an even better congregation.

Maybe you’re not enthusiastic about all this.  “After all, what was wrong with the old system?”,  you say.  Nothing, except that this one has the potential to balance out the two congregations, be more responsive to people’s needs, and bring the people of our congregation even closer.  It’s worth the risk.

Four hundred years ago the leaders of the pilgrims set them off to the new world with the words, “God has more light ready to break forth from His Word.”  They were uncertain, but they wanted the new light.  We want it, too.  Let’s be ready to accept it.

It all starts on September 11, a date that will live in history.







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